THE SECOND SENTENCE
"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
Gospel of Luke 23:43
Now it is not just the religious leaders or the soldiers that mock Jesus, but even one of the criminals, a downward progression of mockery. But the criminal on the right speaksup for Jesus, explaining the two criminals are receiving their just due, and then pointingto Jesus, says, "this man has done nothing wrong." Then, turning to Jesus, he asks,"Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power [Luke 23:42]." Whatwonderful faith this repentant sinner had in Jesus - far more than the doubting Thomas,one of his own Apostles! Ignoring his own suffering, Jesus mercifully responds with Hissecond word.The second word again is about forgiveness, this time directed to a sinner. Just as thefirst word, this Biblical expression again is found only in the Gospel of Luke. Jesusshows his Divinity by opening heaven for a repentant sinner - such generosity to a manthat only asked to be remembered!
THE THIRD SENTENCE
"Jesus said to his mother: "Woman, this is your son".Then he said to the disciple: "This is your mother."
Gospel of John 19:26-27
Jesus and Mary are together again, at the beginning of his ministry in Cana and now atthe end of his public ministry at the foot of the Cross. What sorrow must fill her heart, tosee her Son mocked, tortured, and now just crucified. Once again, a sword piercesMary's soul, the sword predicted by Simeon at the Temple [Luke 2:35]. . There are four at the foot of the cross, Mary his Mother, John, the disciple whom he loved, Mary of Cleopas, his mother's sister, and Mary Magdalene. His third word is addressed to Maryand John, the only eye-witness of the Gospel writers.But again Jesus rises above the occasion, and his concerns are for the ones that love him.The good son that He is, Jesus is concerned about taking care of his mother. In fact, this passage offers proof that Jesus was the only child of Mary, because if he did have brothers or sisters, they would have provided for her. But Jesus looks to John to care for her.St. Joseph is noticeably absent. The historic paintings, such as Tondo-doni byMichelangelo and The Holy Family by Raphael, suggest Joseph was a considerablyolder man. St. Joseph had probably died by the time of the crucifixion, or else he wouldhave been the one to take care of Mary. Early Christian traditions and the second-centuryapocryphal Protoevangelium of James hold that Joseph was a widower, and his children by his widow were the "brothers and sisters of Jesus."Another striking phrase indicating Jesus was an only child is Mark 6:3, referring toJesus: "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses andJudas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" Now if James, Joses and Judasand Simon were also natural sons of Mary, Jesus would not have been called the "son of Mary."